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Boeing successfully completes test flight with green diesel

Boeing successfully completes test flight with green diesel

Boeing has completed the world’s first flight using green diesel. On December 3,...

U.N.F.C.C.C. head urges climate action as Lima Conference begins

U.N.F.C.C.C. head urges climate action as Lima Conference begins

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary Christ...

Philippines houses world’s largest solar-powered mall

Philippines houses world’s largest solar-powered mall

A mall in the capital city of the Philippines is now sporting a 1.5-megawatt sol...

U.S., China announce significant emissions reduction cuts

U.S., China announce significant emissions reduction cuts

The Governments of the United States and China have announced that they will be ...

Best Eco Cars of 2014

Best Eco Cars of 2014

Eco-friendly cars, also referred to as green cars, are vehicles that have a less...

Largest wind farm in Southeast Asia goes online in the Philippines

Largest wind farm in Southeast Asia goes online in the Philippines

The largest wind farm in Southeast Asia, a 150-megawatt installation in the Phil...

SPI Solar to acquire 360 MW worth of solar power projects in China

SPI Solar to acquire 360 MW worth of solar power projects in China

Solar Power, Inc. is set to become one of the largest solar developers in China....

Business

tenKsolar expands manufacturing capacity in Thailand

tenKsolar expands manufacturing capacity in Thailand

Friday, 19 December 2014

tenKsolar is establishing new production lines in Thailand for their manufacture of their solar modules. tenKsolar, which is based in Minneapolis, des...

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Technology

Bacteria producing sweet-smelling compound for greener fuels

Bacteria producing sweet-smelling compound for greener fuels

Tuesday, 02 December 2014

A sweet-smelling chemical compound primarily used in fragrances and flavoring is being studied for its potential as a clean and green biofuel. Methyl ...

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Politics

U.N. chief hails results of C.O.P. 20

U.N. chief hails results of C.O.P. 20

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed the results of the recently concluded Conference of the Parties in Lima, Peru. The Secretary-Gener...

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Living Green

Seven tips to keep cozy and warm while keeping energy use low

Seven tips to keep cozy and warm while keeping energy use low

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

People will always have the impulse to be comfortable and will spend to do so, rather than save and compromise. City living in the U.S. would require ...

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Renewables

Vestas wins orders from U.K., Poland, and Turkey

Vestas wins orders from U.K., Poland, and Turkey

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has received firm and unconditional orders from the United Kingdom, Poland, and Turkey. In the U.K., Vestas has recei...

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Low-Carbon

Seven eco-friendly home heating solutions

Seven eco-friendly home heating solutions

Friday, 12 December 2014

Environmentally friendly home heating solutions are valuable for the planet, and can lower your utility bills. With the numerous home heating alternat...

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Opinion

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Nutrition plays a critical role in everyone’s chance at a better future. Hunger, said Benjamin Franklin once, is the best pickle. Some say “pickle”...

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Dubai to turn its waste into transport fuel


A Dubai municipality in the UAE will build a facility that can
turn municipal waste into transport fuel.

A Dubai municipality in the UAE will build a facility that can turn municipal waste into transport fuel through a deal with an international consortium of green companies, The National reported last week (June 24). The consortium Earth Power Group announced that negotiations with Dubai are in the final stages and that the project will be operational in two years. The Center of Material and Process Synthesis of South Africa (COMPS), the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Alye International make up the consortium.

A $25-million to $30-million module that can take in 50 tons of municipal waste daily will be Dubai’s first investment, Alye International’s group chief executive, Virgil Perryman, told The National. About 2.7 barrels of synthetic fuel can be produced from every ton of waste.

Dubai will provide the land and supply of waste for the privately-funded project, added Perryman. Location has not yet been decided.

An integration of older technologies will be used by Earth Power for the project. The Fischer-Tropsch process, which converts synthesis gas into liquid hydrocarbons will be used.

Revenue will be coming from fees normally paid to landfills for collection, recycling fees, and sales of electricity, synthetic fuels, and other by-products. One by-product, a wood substitute that can be used for buildings, is expected to be in demand, Perryman told The National.

Synthetic fuels could reportedly be used to dilute petroleum-based fuels at first. Once cities are able to produce enough of the waste-based fuel, the switch to synthetic fuels can already be made.

Dubai has been studying waste-to-energy programs to solve its garbage disposal problems since last year. Waste disposal tripled in Dubai from 2000 to 2007, with the volume increasing from one million tons to 3.5 million tons. Industrial and construction waste reportedly increased to 10.5 million tons from 3 million tons.

Earth Power is negotiating with other municipalities in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, the US, and Spain to develop similar projects.


Jen Balboa


Source:

1 http://www.thenational.ae/article/20090624/BUSINESS/706249968/0/test

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